design and life cycle assessment

imstructions:ENGR 4117 – Engineering, Technology & SocietyAssignment: Final – March 27th 2016
Dr J A Scott (
You are part of a company’s engineering group asked to design a new cellular phone that
is essentially disposable – that is, the expected useable life span is 12-18 months.
Discuss the ethics of this approach.
Highlight what if any are the differences between designing one for the Canadian market
and one for a relatively undeveloped country?
In order to assess the new phone’s overall environmental impact, what needs to be
considered in a life cycle assessment (LCA) of the fabrication, operation and disposal
stages of the phone?
In total, your report should not exceed three pages (references can be put on a fourth
Your report should be fully referenced within the text, including any pictures or diagrams
used. Also make sure you include at the end of the report a list of all References used in
the text.
For a guide on how to use references in the text and compile a reference list, refer to the
separate Assignment Guidelines loaded up on D2L.
On-line encyclopedias, such as Wikipedia, are not acceptable as a reference – you must
quote the original source (e.g., journal article, book, technical report, company website
Any late reports and/or blatant copying of other work, such as cutting and pasting
of text from web pages, will be penalized.
Please place a hard (paper) copy of your report in my mail slot in the Engineering
School Office, on or before Monday 4th, April 2016. Soft copies (e.g., email
attachments) cannot be accepted.
This assignment is worth up to 25% of the overall course assessment

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